March 23, 2017

I have been devoting this space to deliberately implausible ideas lately, and the time has come to turn to an issue that our politicians are actually debating: health care reform. Though “debating” might be a strong word, since the politicians I’m talking about are all Republicans,…


March 23, 2017

Why do Washington liberals hate Donald Trump’s budget? It begins the swamp draining process!

It cuts the federal budget drastically, by several trillion over a 10-year period. It seems to me our extremely obese $3.9 trillion dollar federal budget needs to go on a healthy diet (if our…

March 23, 2017

I appreciate what the superintendent is trying to do to help Nash-Rocky Mount Schools cut costs, but I have a question.

What positions are being cut at the central office?

If other positions are cut, then their work will be cut, too.

It should be an equal percentage cut between the central office…

March 23, 2017

I have a question about the reservoir?

How long are they going to keep it down like they are and what is this going to do to the fish spawning this spring?

Some of the fish are already looking for a place to spawn and where they normally spawn is exposed.

Is the city giving any consideration to…

March 22, 2017

You have to give credit to state Republicans: They're pretty clever.

They keep finding simple issues to drive their voters to the polls while putting Democrats on the defensive, like an income tax cap.

If the House approves SB 75, voters will decide in November 2018 whether they want the state…


March 22, 2017

I would like to express viewpoints on several important issues that impact my life as a senior citizen. A recent move in Raleigh by state legislators to stop local governments from providing leadership and the ability to pass local ordinances that make life better for the residents living in the…

March 22, 2017

Obviously it must be legal to litter in Rocky Mount judging by the trash-covered streets.

Will someone please address these other city issues for my own sanity?

Is it legal to do the following – park cars on city sidewalks, place basketball goals in the street, park cars in the front yards of…

March 21, 2017

Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s test is actually already in progress, and it bears some resemblance to the one faced by a young President John Kennedy. Indeed, Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion…

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March 21, 2017

A cer­tain South­ern irony played out be­fore a na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence Sun­day night as the Univer­sity of South Carolina up­set leg­endary Duke Univer­sity in the NCAA men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.…

March 21, 2017

The North Carolina legislature has gone too far.

HB2 was a disaster from the get-go and now we have learned that North Carolina may lose the chance to host NCAA championships for the next six years.

Doesn't the legislature know the official religion of North Carolina is college basketball?

It is…

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